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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
7:14 pm No briefing yet from MSNBC, so we're guessing here. But based on his track record, we expect the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann to regurgitate his favorite spin points regarding the NYC terror plot.
1. Downplay the story and minimize the threat.
B. Question the timing of the report.
III. Cook up some way it could be a negative to the Bush administration.
9:10 pm Comedian Keith Olbermann was off and running, bellowing in his opening spiel:
Plans so far advanced that we apparently were not sure until after we announced it if the target was the Holland tunnel for cars or the path tunnels for commuter rail. (1)
Maybe Krazy Keith wasn't sure, but the FBI was. KO takes a newspaper report that got the details wrong and turns it into some sort of indictment of the investigators! But that's why it's The Hour of Spin.
So it's been all of 48 hours since "terrorism expert" Juliette Kayyem was on Countdown. Why not have this protege of Dick Gebhardt and Janet Reno parrot some OlbySpin again? And make sure never to tell viewers that she is a partisan Democrat. Quoth Kayyem:
We're so far into the Cry Wolf stage that you, nor I, nor maybe anyone out in the field can assess the veracity of some of these press conferences... (1 again.)
The story breaks on the exact anniversary of the London subway bombings...is this all very convenient for those people who would benefit from Americans being in a constant state of anxiety or apprehensiveness? (B)
Kayyem's brilliant response was, "I think you're right". It's all part of a scheme to "play on fears". She went on to say these were "crazy people, bad people...but it's right to be skeptical". (1) Then the Wolffe Man showed up, and KO suggested the administration was "taking advantage of, if not creating, fear" (B). Wolffie thought the political impact would not necessarily benefit the administration because the American people were experiencing "threat fatigue" (III).
Oh wait, we have an Olby News Alert!
Keith Olbermann announced that Monday he will have an "exclusive interview" with...John Dean. Stop the presses! Dean will discuss his new book, "Conservatives Without Conscience". We can't wait to see the tough-as-nails grilling the sports guy will give the felon. And congrats to Keith. What a get! Dan Abrams should send him a bottle of champagne for snagging this one.
Recycled tape from NBC covered the 1-year anniversary of the London bombings. The introduction to oddball mentioned Oliver North, who KO said has gone 19 years "without telling the truth at all...and speaking of equine rear ends...". #3: Monica Novotny with a report on "Shakespeare in a parking lot". What, not Shakespeare in a hotel room? Then a feature on "singing rednecks", recycled from some local station. Bowing to the pressure of Olbermann Watch the top 3 Newsmakers included a clip of Joe Biden's 7-11 comments, but of course that means it won't be used in the "worst person" segment. Clever Olby.
#2 began with KO bragging that he avoids stories that cross the line into "bad taste", to intro a segment on a new magazine called "Shock". Since this is Countdown, and it is on MSNBC, this was, yes, another piece of video regurgitated from the network mothership. Then: Star Jones, Brandy, Catherine McPhee (recently slandered by Olby), Shannon Doherty, Rosie O'Donnell, and that which never fails to satisfy Krazy Keith: Cruise News! #1: Running of the bulls.
In the Media Matters Minute, Sean Hannity was a runner-up. It's a twofer: one pick fills both the Fox News and conservative slots simultaneously. Watch for the Soros site to have the uproarious OlbyVideo posted Monday.
Luckily, it's Friday, and that means 71 Olbermann-free hours await. For this relief, much thanks.